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June 21, 2007

Some local deaths as reported in the papers

Death of Mr. Michael Cullen, Rathmuck in 1898 and Mr. Patrick McDonnell, Newtown in 1896 as reported in the local newspapers which can be a great source of genealogical information.

Leinster Leader 9/4/1898, p.5 last ed.


 On Saturday last an inquest was held before Dr. O’Neill, Athy, Coroner for South Kildare, on the body of Mr Michael Cullen, Rathmuck, who was accidentally killed through being thrown from his trap  at Knockshough, near Kildare, on the previous Thursday night. Evidence showed that the deceased came into Kildare on Thursday, 31st inst, and left for home with his own horse and trap at about 9.45 o’clock at night, in company with a man named Fitzpatrick, of Duneany. At Knockshough, about a mile outside Kildare, they overtook and collided with a man named James McCormack, who was driving a cart in the same direction. Cullen was thrown out of the trap and appeared to have been killed instantaneously. Dr. Power, Kildare, who attended the deceased a short time after the accident, was examined, as was a man named Beirne and his wife near the residence of whom the accident occurred, and a Miss Hambridge, of Silloth. The jury found that deceased came by his death through accident caused by collision. McCormack, with whom the collision took place, was arrested on the night of the accident by Head-Constable Roche, Kildare, brought before Mr. Doyle, J P, and charged with having, through negligence, caused the death of the deceased. He was remanded to the Kildare Petty Sessions on Thursday next, but was admitted to bail, himself in ₤20, and two sureties in ₤10 each. Deceased was unmarried, and lived with his brother.

Leinster Leader 16/4/1898, p. 5.


 At Kildare Petty Sessions on Thursday, 7th April, before Messrs P J Doyle, J P, and Jas Kelly, J P, a respectable farmer named James McCormack, was charged on remand, at the suit of Mr Carey, D I, with having through negligence caused the death of Mr Michael Cullen, Rathmuck, at Knockshough, when driving from Kildare on the night of 31st March. After a full and careful hearing the bench decided that the collision was accidental, that no blame be attached to defendant and dismissed the charge. The magistrates at the same time expressed their high opinion of the able and impartial manner in which the case was conducted by the District Inspector, H C Roche, and their assistants. Mr James Kennedy, solicitor, Naas, appeared on behalf of Mr McCormack.


Kildare Observer, 7 March, 1896, p. 5


 Last Wednesday Dr P L O’Neill, Coroner for South Kildare, held an inquest at Newtown Cross on the body of a man named Patrick M’Donnell, who was found dead at Grey Abbey. Near the town of Kildare, on Tuesday morning. Deceased was about 50 years of age. The evidence went to establish that deceased was a married man who was married to his second wife but a few weeks ago. From the time of his marriage he appeared to have been indulging rather freely in stimulants. On Sunday last he succeeded in getting hold of the purse containing the money, for a time his wife resisting, but in the end having to give it to him. On Monday morning he prepared himself to go to Kildare for more drink, and showed his wife the purse alleged to contain £5 or £6. On Monday night between nine and ten o’clock he left Kildare for home, and on the next morning his body was found at Grey Abbey at 7 o’clock; he was quite dead then, but warm.
 Dr Power, Kildare, proved that death had resulted from exposure. The man did not appear to have been under the influence of drink when leaving Kildare on Monday night.
 A verdict in accordance with the medical evidence was returned.



Death of Mr. Michael Cullen, Rathmuck in 1898 and Mr. Patrick McDonnell, Newtown in 1896 as reported in the local newspapers which can be a great source of genealogical information.


Posted by mariocorrigan at June 21, 2007 10:40 PM